Paravertebral block versus thoracic epidural for patients undergoing thoracotomy

  • Protocol
  • Intervention

Authors

  • Joyce HY Yeung,

    1. Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Academic Department of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, Birmingham, UK
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  • Simon Gates,

    1. Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, Coventry, UK
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  • Babu V Naidu,

    1. Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Birmingham, UK
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  • Martin Leuwer,

    1. MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science, University of Liverpool, Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, Liverpool, UK
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  • Fang Gao Smith

    Corresponding author
    1. Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Academic Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain & Resuscitation, Birmingham, UK
    • Fang Gao Smith, Academic Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain & Resuscitation, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, 1st Floor (MIDRU) Building, Bordersley Green East, Birmingham, B9 5SS, UK. fang.gao@warwick.ac.uk.

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Abstract

This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

To compare the two regional techniques of thoracic epidural blockade (TEB) and paravertebral block (PVB) in adults undergoing elective thoracotomy with respect to:

  1. analgesic efficacy;      

  2. the incidence of major complications (including mortality);       

  3. the incidence of minor complications;    

  4. length of hospital stay;

  5. cost effectiveness.